The life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.
Review by Louise Keller:
It might be bewildering, but chances are, you'll enjoy the trip from the inventive Spierig Bros, whose wild concepts about inevitability, reshaping wrong doings and time travel will prompt agile brain gymnastics. If you want to keep abreast of the plot, that is. Based on a sci-fi short story by Robert A. Heinlein, the fact that Michael and Peter Spierig have managed to flesh out the story out and keep us engaged for 97 minutes, is a feat in itself. The Undead (2001) and Daybreakers (2009) may have earned them many fans, but it takes skill and a vision to pull this one out of the hat.
In the intriguing 10 minute prelude before the title credits, there is a shoot out, a nasty fiery accident, a facial reconstruction and a mysterious violin case whose combination lock displays dates. For the time travel to take place: just set the date, hold tight and abracadabra... This is one of those films about which the less you know, potentially the richer and more enjoyable your experience will be. Try not to analyse - just allow yourself to become immersed and let the action wash over you.
While the concept and scale is large, the execution is minimalist, with a small but highly effective cast headed by Ethan Hawke as the temporal agent who never deviates from his mission, and Sarah Snook as Jane, the girl with a secret. Hawke, dapper in hat and moustache, is predictably good as he flits to different time frames in search of thwarting the terrorist known as the Fizzle Bomber. Snook is a stand-out, offering a plaintive and appealing vulnerability, all the while offering a rainbow of colours to describe her character's complexities. Noah Taylor is effective in a small but important role.
The challenge is to try to change the past. But as we are told repeatedly - some things are inevitable. It all begins when the agent is working as a barman and a conversation begins with a quiet young man, who makes a bet. Take a leap - you may not be able to fathom it all out, but it's fun trying.
RELEASING AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
Event George St, Event Macquarie, Hoyts Chatswood, Hoyts EQ, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Chauvel, Palace Norton St, Randwick Ritz, Cinemax Kingscliff, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne.
Cameo Cinema, Cinema Nova, Classic Cinema, Hoyts Highpoint, Hoyts Northland, Palace Como, Palace Dendy Brighton, Palace Kino, Sun Theatre Yarraville, Village Knox, Village Southland.
Cineplex Balmoral, Cineplex Hawthorne, Cineplex Nerang, Cineplex Southbank, Cineplex Victoria Point, Event Indooroopilly, Hoyts Stafford, Limelight Cinema Ipswich, Palace Barracks.
Grand Armadale, Grand Bunbury, Grand Currambine, Grand Joondalup, Grand Warwick, Grand Whitfords, Hoyts Carousel.
Hoyts Belconnen, Limelight Cinema Tuggernong, Palace Electric.
Event Marion, Palace Nova Eastend, Wallis Mitcham.
Village Glenorchy, State Cinema.
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CAST: Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook, Christopher Kirby, Madeleine West
PRODUCER: Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan
DIRECTOR: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
SCRIPT: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ben Nott
EDITOR: Matt Villa
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Matthew Putland
RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Pinnacle
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 28, 2014